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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Tracy E. Johnson, CA, US
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Report Number 6721
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Brac, Curacao, Fiji, Hawaii, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, St. Lucia,
Isla de Coiba Panama, Bonaire, San Salvador, Guadaloupe 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive to maximum depth allowed with Nitrox 32  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Separate tanks, air hose to blow off excess water, camera table, charging
outlets on dive deck.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
We took this trip September 15-22 so were naturally concerned about
hurricane season.  Turned out to be some of the best weather they had seen.
Rained only once on the way in to port Friday after our last dive.

This boat has the best dive platform organization I have seen on a live
aboard. Set up your equipment once and tanks are filled in place between
dives with Nitrox or Air. Large plastic tub under your seat to hold mask,
booties, fins, Afrin, lights, etc. Two 500 PSI Defog dispensers. Place to
hang towels and bathing suits over your seat. Two warm water showers on
dive deck.

We had a group of mostly experienced divers (most of us had traveled
together before) age ranging from 28-70 (me on the high end).  One of the
highlights was the 4 drift dives with deflated BC entry and about 20 divers
entering from 5 different spots simultaneously to follow our dive master
towing a buoy. We all surfaced together on the line after 30 minutes and
Captain Ron picked us up perfectly. Got some great video of the Aquacat
coming in for pickup. 

All other dives were with buddies although a dive master was available if
desired. Saw lots of reef sharks, turtles, and of course lion fish.  Wanted
to go into one swim through but after seeing a half dozen lion fish decided
not to. The one wreck dive we did was marginal except for the large number
of sharks cruising by (this was a previous shark feeding site).

Crew was well trained and all dives had good briefing.  Food was good with
many choices served buffet style.  Plenty of snacks between dives. 

Rooms were well laid out and spacious for a liveaboard. This is a well
designed boat with plenty of public space.  Very comfortable.

There is a out door bar and restaurant steps from the boat dock where we
hung out pre-trip and post-trip. Some of our group and divemasters closed
the bar on Friday night when we returned to port.
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